One thing I’ve learned so far in my journey, is that happiness is found in the simplest of things—like spending time with our loved one, making someone smile, doing something nice for someone, being grateful, or maybe even playing with our pets. Happiness for each of us varies; so I’m really excited to hear your responses to this week’s question. 

Question: What makes you happy?

My response: It’s funny because a few years ago I wouldn’t have been able to answer this question, and now I have a bit too much to say. I apologise if my response is too long—I tried to condense it—but there are several things that make me happy:

  1. The relationships I have with my loved ones—they are so meaningful and brings me so much joy;
  2. My puppy—not a day goes by where she fails to make me laugh;
  3. Waking up everyday and going to bed every night grateful for all that I am blessed with;
  4. Knowing that I’ve made a difference in someone’s day or life;
  5. Having peace, balance, and growth in my life.

How about you?

Comment below and share your thoughts.

Thank you for reading.

Smile! Life is better when you’re laughing.

Love, Candace

23 Replies to “What Makes You Happy?”

  1. The simplest things in life really do seem to bring the most happiness. First of all, I love your list. It is easy to see why those things would bring you happiness. What would seem like such an easy question to answer, is actually very difficult to narrow down to a specific and brief answer. The short answer is, life makes me happy. Being alive and getting to experience life really does make me happy, but, to dig a little deeper:

    1. The people who mean the most to me, my family and friends. Since I rarely get to see most of them, I really cherish the time we get to spend together.

    2. Being able to inspire others to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals.

    3. Seeing happiness in others. I try every day to put a smile on someone else’s face, but I just enjoy seeing people who are happy, even when I have nothing to do with their happiness.

    4. Being able to enjoy the results of perseverance. I was born with a physical disability called Spina Bifida. My whole life, people have told me there would be a lot of things my peers would be able to do that wouldn’t be possible for me. I LOVE saying, “Watch me”, and proving doubters wrong.

    I could easily think of another 20 things that make me happy off the top of my head, but this comment is already long. I suppose you’re used to long comments from me by now though. haha Another fantastic post, Candace! I really look forward to these every week! 🙂

    1. Haha… thanks so much for sharing Danny. And yes, myself (and Andy) look forward to your responses every week.

      That’s such a great list. I totally know what you mean by seeing other people happy; I absolutely love seeing people laughing and smiling. It makes me smile too. I also love seeing kids playing and laughing, innocently and happily—there’s a special joy there.

      Since I’ve been following your blog, I noticed your physical disability, but what really stood out to me, (and it’s always in your posts and comments) is how absolutely positive and happy you are despite it. It really is inspiring!! I wish more people will learn to stop making excuses for life’s little setbacks and start making the most of the cards they’ve been dealt.

      As always, thank you for sharing you story 🙂

      1. You’re very welcome! And thank you! 🙂

        There’s nothing better than seeing the smiles and pure joy on the faces of kids. It truly is special. That is my absolutely favorite thing about getting to teach kids to play golf every week. My job is to make sure the kids have fun. The more fun they have, the more they want to learn and work hard to improve. They don’t realize it, but they are learning valuable life lessons while having fun.

        And thank you for the kind words. I know that, for the people who are around me and get to see me on a regular basis, my wheelchair is something that stands out and is memorable. I fully understand and embrace that. I wrote about this recently, but I have always wanted to do things in life that people will remember. I want to make a difference. If someone remembers me because of my wheelchair, I hope they take the time to talk to me. I can almost guarantee that anyone who takes the time to talk to me and get to know me will, in some way, gain a different perspective on life. Many people have told me that I inspire them in some way. That really means the world to me. I am who I am. I don’t think I’m special in any way, but if anything I do or say can have a positive impact on others, then I consider that to be the ultimate compliment. I absolutely couldn’t agree with you more… I wish more people would learn to accept whatever hand they have been dealt in life, and make the most of it. I am living proof that there are different ways to achieve any goals that we have in life. You may have to find a different way to do it than others, but you can still achieve the same results if you’re willing to keep trying and persevere, instead of giving up when things don’t go as planned. I’ve always believed that, as long as I’m still breathing, then I still have a chance to succeed. I remind myself of that every single day.

        1. Over the weekend I read something that said, when find ourselves doing something that we perceive as fun and easy, when we can’t get enough it and it’s comes so naturally to us, but yet it is somehow making a big difference in your life and in the life of others; it means we are living our purpose. For some reason, I think you are living your purpose.

          1. I absolutely love that! Thank you so much! I think you’re right. It really does feel like I am doing what I am supposed to be doing. I hope I am!! 😀

  2. Many things!
    A melon banana strawberry ice-cream, watching a Cary Grant movie, catching up with my friends (I am a talkative introvert… 🙂 ), the sea… playing a game (any would do it)… and love of course!

  3. What a GREAT conversation starter! For me:
    1-I am blessed to see how my two girls turned out and how my teenage granddaughters are growing up just like their Mommy-that makes me happy
    2-I am blessed with a good man in my life that tries to make my life just a little bit better every day-that makes me happy
    3-I am blessed with good health that allows me to go to the gym, work in my yard and stay active and feel alive every day-that makes me happyt
    4-I am blessed with a fantastic job and great people that I work with – we smile and laugh all day every day-that makes me happy
    5-I am blessed with 5 dogs that I love and love me back unconditionally-that makes me happy
    Most of all, I am blessed with the peaceful life I have and for all those in it. These are some of the things that make me happy! Overall, I guess you could say that I am a very happy person!

  4. Eating black current ice cream is also happiness to me. Happiness comes even in simple things like enjoying with my loved ones, cooking favourite dish for my sweetheart and many more.
    It depends on us that how to make a simple moment in life memorable and happy.

    1. Hm.. I’ve never had black current ice-cream. Sounds great!
      You’re so right Manisha, happiness comes in the simple things but it’s up to us to decide what they are and enjoy it.
      Thank you for sharing 🙂

  5. For me, happiness is being surrounded by peace no matter what form that comes in: by being with your loved ones (family and friends), engaging in activities that you’re passionate about (anywhere from being active to indulging in your favourite food). Happiness is anything that puts a smile on your face. Happiness is a journey with no end.

  6. Oh boy! My list is going to be too long, but if I have to condense it, i find happiness in the simplest and smallest of things. There’s so much beauty and joy around, that we often fail to see because we’re running behind big things. Of course there are bigger things that make me happy, but I find equal joy in the small ones too, like a good cup of tea, fresh air, an unplanned date, an innocent smile, effort someone puts into a gift more than the gift itself, yellow flowers, a book on a silent night, coffee shops, plants popping between lines of concrete, birds visiting my balcony, dipping my feet in the sea, sun rays adding a golden glow on everything it touches, butterflies unexpectedly fluttering too close to me, you get the drift now, don’t you 😛

    Good people, genuine relationships make me happy, but most importantly, life makes me happy 🙂

    1. Jiji, that list is soooo dreamy. I went off in a relaxing daze while reading it. hahahaha
      You’re absolutely right.. it’s the simple things. There is happiness all around us, we just have to “stop and smell the roses”.. hehe. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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